Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 445947
sysreport.legacy reports "Cannot make temp dir"
Last modified: 2010-10-22 20:54:32 EDT
Description of problem:
Because sysreport.legacy uses $HOME as it's root directory, problems
can occur if $HOME doesn't exist or isn't writable.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Every time, if the home directory doesn't exist.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log into a system using an account that has no local home directory.
2. Run sysreport.legacy as root using sudo.
$ sudo /usr/sbin/sysreport.legacy
Cannot make temp dir
This is actually the same problem reported in Bug 355071, but that report
was for sysreport and this is reported against sysreport.legacy.
Created attachment 305002 [details]
Create a new variable named TEMP='/tmp' and replace occurrences of $HOME with
$TEMP. I've tested this by renaming /root to /root.saved and running
sysreport.legacy as root from /.
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release. Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products. This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
Some security-related concerns have been raised about the use of /tmp to store the temporary files. Specifically, see Comment #3 of Bug 320620 (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=454690#c3) which is the RHEL 4 version of this Bug.
As soon as we get agreement on the final patch for RHEL 4, I'll post an updated patch here.
Created attachment 324534 [details]
Don't know if we ever got "agreement" per-se, but nobody complained about the attached patch that was proposed for the RHEL 4 version of this bug.
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
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